Just in time to inspire your own holiday decorating, Lee Robinson, master of posh yet personal design, dressed up a client’s home for the holidays. Watch him add some swag and abandon the Christmas décor clichés.
"When decorating for the holidays, I like to incorporate the five senses – taste, sight, touch, smell and sound.”
Innovative and inviting are perfect descriptions of this stunning home that Lee Robinson, Chief Executive Officer of The Lee W Robinson Company, created for his clients— a young family with two active boys. A blend of contemporary and traditional that he labels “modern glam,” this home blends sophisticated design with warm accessories to create a very personal, one-of-a-kind ambience. Family pieces blend effortlessly with furniture from young designers such as Mary McDonald and Celerie Kimball, giving the home a youthful but elegant vibe. With this foundation, decorating for the holidays is merely an extension of the décor in play. “Holiday decorating should complement and never overpower or compete with the permanent décor of the home,” says Robinson who recently decked their halls for holiday entertaining. “My criteria is simple, spare, and sophisticated.”
“We wanted the foyer to be grand yet youthful and we also wanted to use marble, so we opted for a modern way of handling it,” he says. The foyer greets guests with its smooth marble flooring in a light gray and white hue peppered with silver strips that give the space an extra pop. Robinson chose an octagon motif inlay for the center of the design. Walls are clad in a Schumacher covering from Mary McDonald and feature fabric pieces framed in silver leaf frames— also Mary McDonald. Festive poinsettias find a home under the modern version of an old Georgian eagle table created by designer Thom Filicia that showcases stylish lamps and silver holiday ornamentation. An elegant chandelier illuminates the space while small boxwood wreaths complement the Julian Chichester mirrors that line the walls. Lee designed Georgian headers above the doors that add another striking, custom detail. Aged mirrors reflect one another at each end of the transverse hallway with pedestals featuring lighted alabaster urns containing bold flower arrangements that are changed out seasonally.
The study is a breathtaking room full of surprises. Lacquered blue walls command attention, while Mary McDonald club chairs with stilettos-like legs and a velvet sofa adorned with Missoni pillows form a cozy conversation pit. Instead of built-in bookcases, Lee opted for matching Celerie Kimball shelves to flank the fireplace and accommodate books and collectibles.
In the dining room, custom wainscoting panels with mirror inlay add a touch of drama and sparkle. Banquettes provide extra seating when the family is entertaining large groups. The walls are Stark – a hand-folded origami pattern with sterling silver leaf. Robinson echoed the palette by incorporating silver ornaments into the greenery he placed on the mantel. “I like to incorporate live greenery into holiday décor whenever possible,” he says. “Decorating with nature adds a timeless element.” The farm-to-table arrangement including kale that has been sprayed with just a touch of silver adds a festive twist to the dining room table.
Ornaments and twinkling lights dress the Christmas tree in the hearth room. “This is where the family spends most of their time,” says Robinson. Chairs covered in a colorful Jim Thompson fabric embrace the round table that’s ideal for lively family dinners. Beams add an architectural element to the room while creating an instant focal point. Pillows created by local muralist Tania Vartan accessorize the accent chairs flanking the fireplace. Festive stockings decorate the mantel while poinsettias pose on the hearth. “When decorating for the holidays, I like to incorporate the five senses – taste, sight, touch, smell and sound,” says Robinson. “Candles, music, holiday treats along with beautiful decorations that are tactile in nature add those details that make the occasion special.”
Lee’s TOP 7 Décor Sources
We asked Lee Robinson to share some of the essential design and holiday décor sources he used in decorating this stunning home.
Dried boxwood: Lee W Robinson Company
Live greens: St. Matthews Feed & Seed
Fresh flowers: Colonial Designs
Cone-shaped boxwoods: Perry & Kaelin Outdoor Nursery
Pillows in the hearth room: Local muralist, Tania Vartan
Pillows in the study: Missoni
Furnishings: Mary McDonald, Celerie Kimball, Julian Chichester and Thom Filicia